It's fall. With the different seasons comes the opportunity to sport different wardrobes. If you're looking for a way to bolster your closet, this will be of interest to you.
Stop by Findings Apparel and check out the Eileen Fisher Trunk Show and get 10 percent off as well as a chance to win gift cards. Strike a pose, there's nothing to it.
10 a.m. FREE. Findings Apparel, 814 W. Idaho St., Boise, findingsapparel.com.
There's a fashionista on every Christmas list—the loved one with pricey, exclusive or rarified tastes. From locally sourced products to high-end items, your fashionista is easy to love, but hard to shop for during the holidays.
Well, we've found your solution.
The Pursuit in west Boise is holding its Holiday Marketplace from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The space will host everything from gourmet goodies, paintings, photo gifts, jewelry, to handmade purses, wallets and soaps. And much of what you'll find there will be local.
In addition, there will also be Miche Bags, Southern Living and Scentsy items.
Hear that? It was the collective squeal of teens, 20- and 30-somethings across the valley getting amped for the opening of the first Idaho location of Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz.
Long a staple of larger cities, H&M will officially open in Boise Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon, in the former Borders books location at Boise Towne Square. Let's set aside whatever this says about the sorry state of the book industry for a second and talk about the screaming deals.
According to a press release:
In celebration of opening day, H&M at Boise Towne Square mall will offer the first 100 shoppers in line an H&M T-shirt and Access to Fashion Pass, valued from $10 to $300, in addition to other fantastic opening offers for the whole family!
The store will offer affordable collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young men, along with accessories, lingerie, maternity, sports apparel and a children's collection.
Not so coincidentally, H&M’s opening also coincides with the creeping chaos of Black Friday.
H&M will debut in Boise just in time for shoppers to cash in on amazing Black Friday deals! H&M at Boise Towne Square will offer:
· Fashion Finds for the entire family from $5
· Scratch-offs for the first 100 people in line at stores, valued up to $300
· Extended Hours: City stores will open at midnight on Thanksgiving
H&M's regular store hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The store's phone number is 855-466-7467.
Getting dressed to go out can be a drag. Dressy rarely coincides with comfortable, and for the ladies, going-out wear isn't always conducive to Idaho's winter weather. But today, you can pull out the most comfortable, atrocious outfit in your wardrobe and wear it with pride.
The Fashion Victim's Ball is going down at the Mardi Gras Ballroom from 6:30-11:30 p.m. This fundraising event provides an opportunity to bust out your favorite vintage leisure suit, hideous sweater, that prom dress from 1980 you just can't bring yourself to throw away, or any other attire you wouldn't normally wear outside your home.
Prizes will be given out for the "best" outfits, a silent auction will take place, and you can boogy down to the tunes of Boise's own Neil Diamond and Lee Greenwood, and the Blues Brothers Rock N' Soul Revue.
Idaho is not known for fashion. It's considered acceptable to wear North Face in just about any social setting, and few would bat an eye if one’s Sunday best included a pair of flip-flops. But the first event of the inaugural Boise Fashion Week set out to turn that notion on its head.
Transformed with purple accent lights and a raised catwalk, the Powerhouse Event Center slowly filled with curious Boiseans who nursed drinks and gathered in seats around the runway. The venue’s upper level was a flurry of activity as models received hair and makeup styling, and designers made last-minute alterations to their collections.
To beats by Boise’s DJ Myko, models launched down the runway, first in the stylings of 52 Clothing. The collection featured ripped jeans, tanks and tees affixed with the brand’s logo, and failed to hold the attention of the progressively chattier crowd.
Over 100 people dressed as colorful cats and rats on Nov. 19 at the fourth annual Pussycat Ball at the Rose Room.
The fundraiser included a performance from local burlesque troupe Pretty Little Things and a midnight costume contest with categories such as: Toughest Tom Cat, Prettiest Pussy and Cattiest Cat Toy.
Music was provided by a variety of DJs, including DRC (San Francisco), Team Sexy (Portland), DJ Myko and Psycache Ziran (Boise).
"These are good people, and about 20 percent of them are burners," said participant Justin Gates, referring to a nickname given to people who attend Burning Man.
Organizer Zachary Peterson said he has helped put on the event the last two years after his friend Nurse Jessica created it four years ago. He said the fundraiser gives proceeds to a different community entity every year. Last year it was Radio Boise and this year the proceeds were donated to the BoiseOne Rangers En Force.
Peterson explained the rangers are volunteers who donate their time at various events, specifically Burning Man, to help with crowd control, first aid and conflict resolution.
But on Saturday, there seemed to be no conflicts.
"It's about just having fun," Gates said.
You can view a slideshow of the Pretty Little Things burlesque performance here.
Dance music, duct tape and bridal veils were just a few of the components at the Vogue11 Party/Fashion show on Nov. 11.
Over 150 people attended the colorful event at the Azure Hair Studio in the Linen District. Local artist Tod Alan spearheaded this fashion show, which was sponsored by Revolution Vodka, Fusion Magazine and China Blue nightclub. It was bold, brash and big, with around 40 models participating.
"I'll be doing everything," he said, the day before the event. "I'll be bouncing off the walls and shit. It's going to be awesome."
Alan's vision for the performance was a kind of post-modern, eclectic fusion of fairytale, Americana and psilocybin.
"He's so creative," said Candis Standridge, a model in the show. "It's amazing for someone to have talent the way he does in Boise."
Alan said this was his 19th fashion show, and each one gets bigger and bolder than before. Although the event lasted only an hour, he was correct about bouncing off the walls.
Even before the Christmas rush, driving down Milwaukee Street is exhausting. Halloween specialty stores spring up in the Boise Towne Square area starting in September. But those big-box temporary retailers aren't the only costume options available—locally owned and operated shops provide both prepared ensembles and the supplies you need to create your own costume.
Fortunately for those who never grew out of our fascination with dress-up, the Treasure Valley has been blessed with a year-round costume retailer, The Costume Shop. The Chinden Boulevard retailer not only rents or sells prepared ensembles, it's also a great source for shoes, props and accessories for folks creating their own costumes.
The Costume Shop also sells wigs and professional theatrical makeup for more elaborate special effects. When it comes to costume-related accouterments and things you're unlikely to find anywhere else, the Costume Shop comes in first place. The store features items like EL Wire, a bendable, battery-powered light-up wire that glows brightly enough to shine through a mask's eyeholes, lending an awesomely creepy effect.
Hatmakers take note: Boise is apparently a prime place to ply your trade.
While the City of Trees might not get a lot of love as a fashion Mecca, its residents seem to know how to top off an outfit. Four images from local photographer Thomas Lea's Boise Style blog recently made an appearance in The New York Times Street Style photo blog. Check out the images, then dig through your closet to see if there are any fashionable toppers to dust off.
Check out what Lea had to say about fashion in Boise in this year's Annual Manual.